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Recently, I’ve been seeing a lot of beauty articles that point to coffee as a main and magical ingredient for making skin look better. Some of these articles point to the benefits of ingesting coffee, and what taking in those beans can do for your beauty health. Other articles point to the exfoliation factor (or how coffee granules can help with skin exfoliation). But, how much of this is true, and how much is myth? Let’s take a closer look.
Coffee is full of antioxidants, so drinking coffee will help you ingest some of those amazing antioxidants – but, fruits and vegetables are also full of antioxidants, and you can simply eat a healthier diet to get all the same benefits of coffee without the drawbacks. One other benefit of coffee is that it will give you a boost when it comes to working out. So, those are the benefits of drinking coffee on a regular basis.
Now, let’s get to the reasons why a diet heavy on coffee may not be such a great thing.
1. Dehydration: coffee can cause dehydration. Now, this can be combatted if you drink a large glass of water every time you drink coffee, but few of us actually remember to drink that water. So, you’ll wind up with dehydrated skin, and that’s not a good beauty look (hydration is so very important as we’ve outlined on this blog many times before!).
2. Pesticide watch: most coffee beans are heavily sprayed with pesticides – this might not be true if you buy organic coffee or locally roasted coffee with the claim that it is pesticide-free. Pesticides are poison, and this means that you will be ingesting poison when you drink coffee.
3. You might feel more depressed. Did you know that high amounts of caffeine can block serotonin levels? Serotonin is responsible for feeling good and happy, so drinking too much coffee can actually get in the way of feeling positive. If you’re feeling down, try cutting back on your coffee intake.
4. Lack of sleep. How long do you think the caffeine from coffee stays in your body? The answer is a whole twelve hours! That means that you need twelve hours from when you drink your morning cup to the time you go to bed to get the caffeine out of your system. If you don’t rid your system of all that caffeine, you will find it much harder to sleep. As we all know, sleep is an essential part of any beauty routine, so cut back on the caffeine when you can.
If you drink tea instead of coffee, you might be fooling yourself too. Tea tends to have half of the caffeine that coffee has, but tea can also keep you up at night while also causing the problems listed above. So what can you do? Drink something that has a low caffeine amount, or simply drink coffee occasionally – not every day.
Book an appointment at our Windsor Salon to detoxify your body through massage, wraps, or other treatments. Or, come into our Windsor Salon today to see what we can do for you. When it comes to getting rid of all those harmful side effects of caffeine, the best thing to do is to kick the habit, but we know how hard that is! So, come and see us at our Windsor salon today, and we will help you get back your natural glow.
Spa services can help with coffee overload, but don’t be fooled by those popular articles floating around about the beauty benefits of coffee. Book your spa services today instead!